Cities Seek To Reclaim Streets

American cities are increasingly making moves to reclaim their streets. In this column, Neal Peirce looks into the trend.

"Across the country, there's pressure to reclaim city streets for the city's own people. Fueling this pressure is the alarm raised over high accident and death tolls from pedestrians struck by autos and trucks.

The "Complete Streets" movement - urging city and neighborhood streets be made as welcoming and safe for pedestrians and cyclists as they are for autos - is gaining attention, now backed up by legislation pending in Congress.

Public transit use is enjoying a banner year across the country.

A vanguard of cities is banning cars from their public parks.

There's increased effort - lead cities range from Seattle to Buffalo, Toronto to New Haven - to tear down ugly motorways that divide neighborhoods and occupy valuable space near city centers."

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